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Documentary movies and videos about model railroad, model railroading and scale modeling.

July 19, 2018

Model Train Layout with Canyon and Rocky Mountains in HO Scale

This model train layout is characterized by a mountain landscape, a canyon with real water and a big mine. The scenario of this model railway layout is based in Canada. On the area of a very big ore mine, rocks are loaded onto long model trains with more than 60 freight cars driven by three diesel locomotives. Then, the freight trains drive along the Rocky Mountains landscape to port, where the ore is loaded onto a ship. Later, the trains pass through a real looking landscape with deep gorges and flowing water. The whole model railroad layout is built in HO scale.

Model Train Layout with Canyon and Rocky Mountains in HO Scale
July 19, 2018

Modular model railroad layout and model trains in O scale

Modular model railroad layout and model trains in O scale

On this modular model railroad layout, there are beautiful steam locomotives and diesel locomotives using sound and steam generator. This modular model railroad layout built in O scale consists of ten modules. All modules have a total length of 10 meters and an overall depth of only 0.5 meters. The entire modular model train layout is operated by DCC decoder LH 100, LS 150 and ESU Switch Pilot. All functions, such as the start-up of locomotives, sound, noises and steam, are controlled digitally via decoders.

July 19, 2018

Model trains in O scale with strikingly realistic landscape

Model trains in O scale with strikingly realistic landscape

This is a very beautiful model train layout with marshalling yard and goods station located in a strikingly realistic landscape. When Pilentum visited a model railway exhibition for model trains in O scale in Germany, there were two modular model train layouts that were assembled to one big model railroad layout. The model railway is operated by two model railway clubs.

July 19, 2018

Vintage Model Trains and Model Railroad Layout

Vintage Model Trains and Model Railroad Layout

In the beginning, there were tinplate trains from Bing, Marklin or Lionel. Pilentum found this antique tinplate model railroad layout. The trains must have been produced between 1940 and 1950. Then, is was called Trix Express. Unfortunately, this model railway layout is so old that no function is available. But collectors, fans and enthusiasts will enjoy viewing this video footage.

July 19, 2018

Beautiful Steam Train from Germany in O Scale

Beautiful Steam Train from Germany in O Scale

In this video, Pilentum presents a very beautiful model railroad display built in O scale. It is a small modular layout containing steam trains which were used by German Federal Railways. Indeed, nothing special but nice to watch.

July 19, 2018

Modular Model Train Layout in HO Scale with Sexy Scenery

Modular Model Train Layout in HO Scale with Sexy Scenery

In Germany, either in autumn or in spring, there is a very large model railroad exhibition organized by three model railway clubs. The clubs are building their modules in the FREMO standard, very similar to those HO scale modular standards which a recommended by the National Model Railroad Association in the United States. These are unique standards in module construction, DCC wiring, track and scenery. The model railroad modules used in this exhibition contain more than 200 meters of railway tracks. There are more than 100 model trains in DCC mode an the famous, self-controlled model cars. A very special feature of several modules are the frivolous and sexy scenery, for example, the love couple near the nudist beach. This love couple, moving automatically, is one of the famous products made by Viessmann company in 1/87 scale.

July 19, 2018

Narrow Gauge Modular Model Railway in O Scale with Steam locomotives of the Wild West

Narrow Gauge Modular Model Railway in O Scale with Steam locomotives of the Wild West

In spring 2014, there was a model railroad exhibit that was visited by Pilentum. Inside the great exhibition hall, Pilentum watched this narrow gauge modular model railway display built in O scale. It is like a historama of the period of the Wild West. Some people call it also Old West. On the display, steam locomotives, once used by the Little River Lumber Company, by the Greenbrier & Big Run Lumber Company and by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company, drive on the railway lines.

July 19, 2018

The Biggest Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale with more than 200 Model Trains made by Marklin

The Biggest Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale with more than 200 Model Trains made by Marklin

This model train layout was built at the end of the 1990's. At that time, it was the largest model railway layout in the world with more than 700 square meters of exhibition space. Today, this HO scale model railroad layout is still one of the largest exhibition made by Marklin. On the whole railroad display, there are 200 trains and more than 3,000 passenger cars and freight cars in use. Also, there are 4,100 meters of railway tracks with 356 waypoints and crossings as well as 290 railway signals. Please, note the mountains up to three meters in height. Take a look at the bridges and railway viaducts.

July 19, 2018

The Hara Model Railway Museum - The largest model train show in Japan

The Hara Model Railway Museum - The largest model train show in Japan

This model railroad layout might be the largest model railroad display in O Scale in Japan. The Hara Model Railway Museum is a large exhibit and collection of model trains from Japan, Europe and the United States. It is located near Yokohama Railway Station. Inside the big exhibition hall, they call it "Ichiban Tetsumo Park", there is a very large model railroad layout with model trains including steam locos and electric locomotives and trolley cars. An amazing feature is the overhead line because electric locomotives get their power directly from the catenary. It is a beautiful display although German trains, American trains as well as Japanese trains are driving parallel on the railway line. This mixed railroad operation never existed in reality.

July 19, 2018

Model Railway Layout about the Rhinegold and TEE Trans Europe Express in HO Scale

Model Railway Layout about the Rhinegold and TEE Trans Europe Express in HO Scale

This model railroad layout was built in Germany. Although it is a fantasy landscape with many details, it offers a special feature: The famous Rhinegold Express, a famous train operating between Hoek van Holland and Geneva along the river Rhine. Before 1960, this train has been driven by a steam locomotive. In 1965, the Rhinegold became the Trans Europe Express (TEE) and the famous electric locomotive of series 103 was used by the German Federal Railroad. This model railway is constructed in HO scale. There are trucks and cars known from the Faller car system, typical German landscapes and model trains with more than 3.50 meters in length. In total, more than 300 meters of railway tracks are in use. The entire model railway layout based on a digital control system made by Märklin. Please, note the large viaduct which is presented for several times in the video.

July 19, 2018

Miniature World in HO scale inside the Miniature Wonderland in Germany

Miniature World in HO scale inside the Miniature Wonderland in Germany

The Miniature Wonderland is a very large model railroad exhibit in Germany. It is the largest model railway layout in the world built in HO scale. It is divided into several sections, for example, Germany, Alps and Austria, city of Hamburg, America, Scandinavia and Switzerland. In the year 2011, an model airport was opened, a miniature airport with airplanes and aircrafts. The exhibit includes more than 900 model trains.

July 19, 2018

Model Railway Exhibition in H0 Gauge from Germany

Model Railway Exhibition in H0 Gauge from Germany

In this video, Pilentum presents a model railway layout that was built in H0 gauge. The layout is located in a former furniture store which is used as a model train museum today. There are several German model trains, a railway station and buildings. And, there are a bridge or viaduct, a horse racing track and much more.

July 19, 2018

Model Railroad Scenery in O Scale

Model Railroad Scenery in O Scale

In Germany, there is a model railroad exhibit for modular model railroad layouts built in O gauge or O scale. As you know, O scale is exactly twice as large as HO scale. While this exhibit Pilentum made some video footage of beautiful model trains and landscapes. All layouts are made in Germany.

July 19, 2018

One of the largest HO scale model railroad layouts by Marklin in Germany

One of the largest HO scale model railroad layouts by Marklin in Germany

In this video, Pilentum presents one of the largest model railroad exhibits in Germany. This model railway layout, mostly built with elements made by Marklin, represents Germany in the time after the World War II. Therefore, there are various combinations of trains and locomotives running on Germany's railway lines between 1950 and 1970. Another section that was added later, represents the modern era of German railway development.

July 19, 2018

Once the world's largest modular model railway layout in HO scale

Once the world's largest modular model railway layout in HO scale

This is a very special video that was stored on old VHS tapes in the archive of Pilentum. In 1995, the world's largest modular model railway layout was presented near Frankfurt, Germany. Even then, there were small cars driving independently and automatically on the streets. This system is that what we know today as the Faller Car System. The model trains were partly still controlled in analogue operating mode, but in some sections even a digital signal box was used. Unfortunately, this video was recorded in 4/3 aspect ratio. Pilentum scaled it up to 16/9 aspect ratio.

July 19, 2018

The World's Biggest Model Airport

The World's Biggest Model Airport

Usually, Pilentum makes videos about model trains. But in this video the world's biggest miniature airport is presented. It is called Knuffingen Airport and it is the largest model airport of the world. The airport is part of the great Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, Germany.

July 19, 2018

Model Train Paradise - Famous Model Railroad Layout built by Bernhard Stein in HO Scale

Model Train Paradise - Famous Model Railroad Layout built by Bernhard Stein in HO Scale

This model railroad layout in HO scale was installed in the back room of a shop for model trains in Germany. The shop is called "Model Train Paradise". While in the front office toy trains, locomotives and equipment were sold, in the back office this beautiful model railroad layout was presented only for selected visitors. It was a very small exhibit of approximately 50 square meters. However, due to the many details and due to the many trains, you were not able to notice the layout's size. The special feature of this model railway display is that it was built by the famous artist Bernhard Stein. Bernhard Stein was known as a famous model builder throughout Europe. There are not only highly detailed and beautiful landscapes and railway lines, but there are also various combinations of very rare trains, railway coaches and locomotives.

July 19, 2018

Beautiful Model Train Layout in HO scale on 90 square meters

Beautiful Model Train Layout in HO scale on 90 square meters

This model railroad layout is about 90 square meters and presents a mountain landscape with small rivers and a quarry in Germany. There are railway tracks in standard HO scale and in narrow gauge HO scale. For almost 1,500 meters of railway track the Tillig Elite model tracks were used. On the main railway line locomotives are driving which are equipped with sound generators.

July 19, 2018

HO scale modular model train show with sexy scenery

HO scale modular model train show with sexy scenery

This video is about a model train show in Germany which was organized by three railway clubs. The members present their modular model railroad system built in HO scale. There are some modules which are absolutely worth seeing because they represent some frivolous scenes. And, also the steam locomotives and the diesel locomotives with real steam and smoke generator are worth seeing.

July 19, 2018

Fantastic Steam Locomotive Model Train Layout in HO Scale

Fantastic Steam Locomotive Model Train Layout in HO Scale

This video is about an amazing model train layout with beautiful steam locomotives. The exhibition area of this model railroad display is about 230 m² in size. There are more than 1,100 m railway tracks in HO scale. This model train show is a highly detailed replica of the railway stations Ottbergen and Bad Driburg in Germany. Buildings, tracks, railroad crossings, the railway depot and much more are reproduced in museum quality. The display presents the situation of these Germany cities in the summer of 1975. Trains and locomotives are completely digital and automatically controlled.

July 19, 2018

Turntable and Roundhouse for Model Railways

Turntable and Roundhouse for Model Railways

This video is about a beautiful steam locomotive. The steam train is loaded with coal and then the steam loco moves to the railway turntable. Then it moves into the roundhouse or engine shed. The entire model railroad layout is digitally controlled.

July 19, 2018

The Great Model Railway Layout in 1 Gauge at the Hamburg Museum

The Great Model Railway Layout in 1 Gauge at the Hamburg Museum

In Hamburg, there is not only the Miniatur Wunderland, but there is also the very impressive model railway layout, namely one of the oldest and largest model railway displays in Europe in 1 Gauge. The model train layout is located at the Hamburg Museum. The entire model railway shows an image of the station Hamburg-Harburg. A century of railroad history is represented. Since 1949, trains running on 1,200 meters of track. There are old diesel locomotive models, steams and modern trains. If you don't like the commercial Miniatur Wunderland, you should look at this historical model railway layout, which was opened in October 1949 at the Museum of Hamburg History. Most elements of this layout are handmade and not from retail packages, including signals, buildings, locomotives and wagons. The model trains are controlled by Gahler & Ringstmeier software.

July 19, 2018

Vintage Model Trains in O Scale with Cab Ride at the Dresden Railroad Museum

Vintage Model Trains in O Scale with Cab Ride at the Dresden Railroad Museum

If you like vintage trains, locomotives and railways, you will love this model railway layout at the Dresden Railroad and Transport Museum. This model railroad layout was built in the 1960's in O scale in the German Democratic Republic, i.e. East Germany. Originally, the model train layout and its signal box were used to explain the rail traffic to young railway engineers, for example, they learned about the process of signalling control of train movements and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely. Today, this model train layout is a very popular destination, especially during the Christmas season. In this video, you can watch many locomotives and trains of East Germany. Furthermore, Pilentum installed a little camera inside the locomotives for making cab ride videos.

July 18, 2018

Largest Model Railway Layout of Switzerland in O Scale with Cab Ride

Largest Model Railway Layout of Switzerland in O Scale with Cab Ride

One of the largest model railroad layouts of Switzerland in O scale was built by the Swiss association of model railroad friends in Baar. The Gotthard Railway Line and the Furka-Oberalp-Express Railway Line were rebuilt on this model railway layout. When Pilentum visited this layout he installed a camera inside the locomotive for making cab passenger rides. There are the famous and most beautiful locomotives of the Swiss Federal Railways.

July 18, 2018

The largest European model train layout based on the Black Forest landscape

The largest European model train layout based on the Black Forest landscape

In Germany, the Black Forest is a large forested mountain range bounded by the Rhine valley to the west and south. And, there is also the largest European model train layout based on this landscape. The model railroad layout is a replica in 1/87 scale. On 400 square meter, more than 40 model trains are driving through a wonderfully detailed landscape. There are 1,300 meter of railway tracks in HO scale.

July 18, 2018

Model railway layout of 500 square meter in HO scale

Model railway layout of 500 square meter in HO scale

In Germany, there is a permanent model railroad exhibit showing the largest model train layout about Thuringia in HO scale. The exhibiton area takes 500 square meters, approximately 50 meters in length and 10 meters in width. The goal was to represent the rail traffic service inside the region between Eisenach, Erfurt and Weimar in Germany. In addition to the model trains, also the most sights of this region are shown, for example, the Wartburg, the significant monument of German history, or the Kyffhäuser monument. There is also the depot Meiningen, known as Germany's best workshop for steam locomotives. Finally, there are 120 model trains, locomotives and over 1,000 coaches.

July 18, 2018

Model Train Layout about the famous Orient Express Passenger Train Service in HO Scale

Model Train Layout about the famous Orient Express Passenger Train Service in HO Scale

The Orient Express was a long distance passenger train service created in 1883. The first train left Paris for Vienna. Later the railway route ran from Paris to Istanbul crossing Munich, Budapest, Bucharest and Zurich. Due to the fame of this railway line, a replica was modeled in HO scale. The model railroad layout presents the famous cities and train stations where the Orient Express once has gone. This model railroad display is one section of the great model railway exhibition called "Model Railway Wiehe" in Germany.

July 18, 2018

TT Scale Model Train Layout

TT Scale Model Train Layout

This is a very big TT scale model railway layout from Germany. TT scale is a niche model railroading scale, whose name stands for Table Top. On the railway lines are model trains crusing along German landscapes. This model railroad display is one section of the great model railway exhibition called "Model Railway Wiehe" in Germany.

July 18, 2018

Model Tram and Tramways in O Scale

Model Tram and Tramways in O Scale

In this video, Pilentum presents a model railway layout in O scale with model trams and model tramways. These streetcar, trolley and cable car drove in the city of Dresden, Germany. The model railway display was installed inside the Dresden Railway Museum.